[TUTORIAL] How to play 3DS games on PC with Citra and USB Helper.

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  1. Hikari06
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    Hello and welcome the the official WII U USB Helper tutorial!
    In this tutorial you will learn how to use USB Helper to play games with CITRA.
    I've seen a lot of other guides which show you a very complicated way to do this, although it's in fact extremely easy.
    This tutorial assumes you already know how to install USB Helper, which is extremely easy and already has been covered many times.
    The usual disclaimer about the usage of the application still applies here.

    Let's start, you'll see, it's easy :)

    1) Select the game you want to play in the library

    2)Press "Play this game"

    USB Helper might ask you if you want to add the update, add it if you wish to use it.

    3)Wait for the download to complete

    This might take some time depending on the size of the title and your connection speed.

    4)Once the download is over, the game will be automatically prepared


    This can also take some time depending on the size of the game, but you can monitor the progress with the packing window.

    5)Once unpacking is done, press "Play this game" again!

    That's all there is to it. No more steps required, no need to move folders around, everything is handled automatically.


    Additional details


    • CITRA is automatically downloaded and managed by the application. You can change this behavior in the "Emu. settings tab" but that is not recommended.
    • USB Helper is able to automatically download the Shared font and system archives directly from the eShop, so you don't need to provide them.
    • Preparing a game for emulation will not delete the original files, so you might end up with a lot of space taken. Once you are certain everything works as intended, you can delete the source files with the Delete button.
    • You can manage the emulation data (the one which has been prepared for the emulation) in the Emulation Data Manager, accessible by right clicking the game. Here you can delete the update, the DLC or the game.
     
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  2. donut32

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    Sounds complicated ;)

    Thank you, sir!
     
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    Keep getting this Error. I have the Tickets, but I cant get this App to run
     

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  4. MaladroitJoypad

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    I guess my old dual core pc is too old for this shit?
     
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    Most likely, although some games which are not too demanding could run.

    Have you tried this?
    • "The method is not implemented"
    Most likely you have specified a wrong ticket archive. Just delete %localappdata%/Hikari06 and start the app again.

    Also, I must warn you, the ticket archive is only for WiiU.
     
  6. elBenyo

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    No way a Duo can, My Core2Quad @ 2.83 + 8GB DDR2 @ 1066mhz + nVidia GTX 780 barely reaches playable speed. Nothing I've tried has run full speed. Citra is a modern emulator, it needs a minimum of OpenGL 3.3 AND it's 64-bit only. The wiki states the performance of any game is directly related to the power of your CPU, that's why you're boned. My Core2Quad can't do it, you need an Intel i-core for sure.

    https://github.com/citra-emu/citra/wiki/FAQ
     
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    Figured it out by doing a little searching and finding both Ticket Sites needed. Works great. Was able to get a 3DS Title.
     
  8. McSwingles

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    does it combine the updates and dlc into one rom when 'preparing for emulation'?
     
  9. Hikari06
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    Hikari06 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    No, at least not for the moment.
     
  10. SinonX3

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    @Hikari06 you say this is fast, i need to wait 4-6 Hours for a 3DS Game with 471MB (TLOZ: Ocarina of Time 3D)
    Anything faster?
     
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    That would be a limit for your internet
     
  12. SinonX3

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    @Xenon Hacks Huh? Its converting, its already downloaded on my HDD!
     
  13. Hikari06
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    The process is normally fairly fast. If the process takes an abnormally long time, then most likely an error is preventing it from completing.
    At which stage does the conversion hang?
     
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  14. SinonX3

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    Well if i am clicking on "Prepare for Emulation" the Process in creating a .cia File from the Ticket Files takes 2-4 Hours, buts its not even big so take so long.

    Edit:
    Now after restarting the "makecia.exe" works fine now, but before it was just using 0,1MB of Disk Usage which is Slow!
    And now the Tool working fine again!

    Its weird, but nevermind...

    Screenshot of Working makecia.exe is below...
     

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